One Piece Manga to Get Two Books in June and July 2018 That Compile the Chapter Cover Stories

This year’s 25th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump has announced that Shueisha will release two books of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga that compile the chapter cover stories that appear in the manga. The two volumes are titled One Piece DOORS. The first volume will ship on June 4, 2018, and the second volume will ship on July 4, 2018. The volumes will also include a “special page.”

Shueisha will also release the 89th volume of the main manga on June 4, 2018.

Source: ANN

Lupin III: Part IV Anime to Return to Toonami on June 2, 2018

Adult Swim’s Toonami block has announced that the Lupin III: Part IV anime will return to the block on June 2, 2018 at 3:30 a.m. The show is replacing Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

The anime premiered on the block in June 2017 with an English dub. Discotek Media will release the series on Blu-ray Disc on June 26, 2018.

The full Toonami lineup starting on June 2, 2018 includes:

  • 10:30 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super
  • 11:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball Z Kai
  • 11:30 p.m. – My Hero Academia
  • 12:00 a.m. – FLCL Progressive
  • 12:30 a.m. – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
  • 1:00 a.m. – Hunter x Hunter
  • 1:30 a.m. – Black Clover
  • 2:00 a.m. – Naruto Shippūden
  • 2:30 a.m. – Space Dandy
  • 3:00 a.m. – Cowboy Bebop
  • 3:30 a.m. – Lupin III: Part IV

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Accel World: Infinite Burst Anime Film

The English cast has been announced for the Accel World: Infinite Burst anime film:

  • Kira Buckland is Kuroyukihime/Black Lotus
  • Erik Scott Kimerer is Haruyuki Arita/Silver Crow
  • Lucien Dodge is Takumu Mayuzumi/Cyan Pile
  • Stephanie Sheh is Chiyuri Kurashima/Lime Bell
  • Johanna Luis is Fuko Kurosaki/Sky Raker
  • Trinity Lee is Akira Himi/Aqua Current
  • Sarah Anne Williams is Yuniko Kōzuki/Scarlet Rain
  • Erika Harlacher is Blood Leopard
  • Ben Diskin is Ash Roller
  • Kaiji Tang is Blue Knight
  • Xanthe Huynh is Utai Shinomiya
  • Jay Allen White is Green Grandee
  • Vic Mignogna is Viridian Decurion, Yellow Radio (previously voiced Yellow Radio in TV anime)
  • Austin Lee Matthews is Iron Pound
  • Jessica Straus is Lignum Vitae, Purple Thorn (previously voiced Purple Thorn in TV anime)
  • Faye Mata is Sundan Schaefer, Lemon Pierrette
  • Kayli Mills is Risa Tsukiori
  • Cassandra Lee Morris is Nyx
  • Laura Post is Metatron

There will be an exclusive screening of the film at Anime Expo in 2018.

Source: ANN

Two New Cast Members Announced for the My Hero Academia Anime

Two new cast members have been announced for the My Hero Academia anime:

  • Shuhei Matsuda is Gang Orca
  • Kenta Kamakari is Edgeshot

The third season of My Hero Academia premiered on April 7, 2018. FUNimation Entertainment is streaming the English dub of the third season, and Crunchyroll and Hulu are streaming the series with English subtitles.

Source: ANN

More Cast Members Announced for the New Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Anime

More cast members have been announced for the forthcoming new anime adaptation of the Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation manga:

  • Mitsuki Saiga is Reiko Imai
  • Wataru Hatano is Page Klaus
  • Rie Kawamura is Yū Abiko (Biko)
  • Satomi Akesaka is Rio Kurotori
  • Iori Nomizu is Nana Takenouchi

Nobuhiro Kondo is directing the anime at Studio DEEN. Yasuyuki Suzuki is writing the scripts. Kouichiro Kawano is designing the characters. Ryo Kawasaki is composing the music.

The new Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan in Summer 2018.

Source: ANN

Anime Soundtrack Review: Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack

Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack is a 28-track CD that are all background instrumental score from the Naruto Shippuden anime series.

Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack
Publisher: Aniplex Inc.
Release Date: December 19, 2007

Unlike the Naruto Original Soundtrack disc, this release does not include any opening or ending themes from the Naruto Shippuden anime. But considering the fact that there’s more tracks on this disc, the fact that the average length of the tracks is longer, and that the final track is a roughly 10-minute long suite, there was no need to include any theme songs to pad out the runtime. And like with the first Naruto anime, Naruto Shippuden also has three volumes of background score music, so this release does not include all of the background score for the series.

Outside of the 10-minute long suite, I instantly recognized every piece of background score music that appeared on this disc. And for many of these pieces, I could vividly recall scenes that these pieces appeared in.

By far, my favorite track on this disc is track ten, which is translated as “Akatsuki.” This is the Akatsuki’s theme song, and I have always loved the gothic sound that this track has to it. The sound of this piece fits the Akatsuki perfectly.

While there’s a good ratio of uptempo and slower tracks on this disc, the sequencing is done in such a way that it seems like many of the slower tracks were placed near the end of the disc. Unfortunately, for someone who is listening through the CD as a whole, this sequencing bogs down the listening experience a little bit. No matter the tempo, the tracks are well done, but I wish the sequencing could have somehow mixed the slower tempo songs a little more throughout the disc.

For Naruto Shippuden, Toshio Masuda was replaced as the composer for the background score pieces. For this series, Yasuharu Takanashi composed the pieces. Considering how much of a change there is between Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, it really made sense to bring someone else in to compose the music. The stakes are much higher in this series, and the tone becomes much more serious.

Takanashi tends to use more classical instruments and arrangements for the score of Naruto Shippuden, but there are times when modern instruments such as electric guitars are being used for more modern arrangements. The score for this series has a much more dramatic sound to it, and it works well for the atmosphere and plot points that appear in Naruto Shippuden. Unfortunately, Toshio Masuda’s style would have just sounded too “cartoonish” for this series. Yes, I know the choice of words is a little weird there, since Naruto Shippuden is an animated cartoon, but readers who are familiar with the sound of the background music for both Naruto and Naruto Shippuden will likely be able to figure out what I mean by using the word “cartoonish” in this sense. The one thing the score for both series have in common is that they are not sounds that will simply blend into the background and be ignored by the viewer. These pieces are just as recognizable as the series’ characters.

Overall, I really liked Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack. The only negative things I have to say have to do with the sequencing of the tracks near the end of the CD, and the inclusion of the suite. I honestly don’t recognize the suite as actually ever appearing in the anime, and I’m not really convinced that the inclusion of the piece was necessary. Outside of those two complaints, though, it is a good soundtrack of background score instrumentals.

If you’re a fan of the Naruto franchise and enjoy the background score music, I would recommend finding a way to acquire Naruto Shippuden Original Soundtrack. The best way to acquire this disc is to look around at sites that sell Japanese import CDs and trying to find the best deal.

30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 20 – Anime Character That Gets On Your Nerves

So for Day 20, I have to talk about the anime character that gets on my nerves. Sadly, it didn’t take me long to come up with an answer for this one.

It was easy for me to decide to bestow this dishonor onto Foxy, the leader of the Foxy Pirates, in One Piece. Of what I’ve seen of the series up to this point, Foxy is easily my least favorite character. He’s a cheater and a trickster with an annoying laugh that participates in the Davy Back Fight, a contest between pirate crews. The winning team steals crew members from the losing team. Of course, Luffy is stupid enough to participate. While this arc only lasts for 13 episodes, it actually feels like more than that. Foxy’s shenanigans are obnoxious and annoying, and I just couldn’t wait for the arc to finish. But sadly, there’s a filler arc in the One Piece anime that brings Foxy and his crew back. Nooooo!

Foxy isn’t an enjoyable or likable villain… he’s just annoying and his arc, at least to me, kind of brings One Piece down a little. At least the Water Seven arc helps the series to recover!